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Ryan Fecteau

Maine primary winner could become youngest openly LGBT state lawmaker

Friday, June 13, 2014
Ryan Fecteau emerged victorious in the Democratic primary for Maine's 11th House district on Tuesday, a development that could make him the youngest serving openly LGBT state lawmaker. Fecteau, 21, led opponent David Flood by a 493 to 263 vote margin with 100% of precincts reporting. [ Read more → ]
Robert Garcia

Long Beach, Calif., elects city’s first openly gay, Latino mayor

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Residents of Long Beach, Calif., on Tuesday elected Robert Garcia their next mayor, making him the city's first openly gay and Latino chief executive. Garcia will replace Mayor Bob Foster, who has held the position since 2006 when he takes office on July 15th. [ Read more → ]
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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [ Read more → ]
Carlos Menchaca

LGBT city council candidates score historic wins in NYC election

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
New Yorkers across the city voted to send a record number of LGBT candidates to the city council, electing three incumbents and three newcomers in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. [ Read more → ]
Ed Murray

Gay man chosen to lead Washington state Senate

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) will become just the second openly LGBT person to lead a state senate chamber after his Democratic colleagues on Tuesday night chose him as majority leader of the Washington State Senate. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Skinner

West Virginia elects first openly gay state legislator

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Stephen Skinner tonight has become the first openly gay candidate to win election to the West Virginia state legislature. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin to become first openly-LGBT U.S. Senator

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has become the first openly LGBT candidate to win election to the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]
Sean Patrick Maloney

New York sends openly gay candidate to U.S. Congress

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sean Patrick Maloney has become the second openly gay non-incumbent to win election to Congress tonight.  He beat Rep. Nan Hayworth, a Republican who is serving in her first term in the House. [ Read more → ]
Mark Pocan

Mark Pocan will be next openly-LGBT member of Congress

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democratic Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan will succeed Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. House of Representatives, marking the first time an openly LGBT member of Congress will be followed by another in the same Congressional District. [caption id="attachment_67197" align="alignright" width="300"] Mark Pocan[/caption] Pocan easily... [ Read more → ]
Joe Saunders

Victory in Florida: From no LGBT legislators to two or more

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Joe Saunders is expected to win his race for the Florida House of Representatives tonight, joining David Richardson, who won a decisive primary for another State House seat in August. [ Read more → ]
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